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WeightMen: 11.6ozWomen: 9.8oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 9mmWomen: 9mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 25mmWomen: 25mm
Forefoot heightMen: 16mmWomen: 16mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Release dateAug 2017
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86 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
This is a shoe that is more suited for all mountain hiking in varied conditions, rocky technical terrain, multi day backpacking/fastpacking, using with supplemental traction devices or strap crampons.
Who’s it best for? Trail runners who frequently run very technical mountain and trail terrain with a lot of rocks, talus and possibly wet, slippery or uneven surfaces.
The Akyra is designed more as a day hiking shoe, with a built up heel and stiff midsole/outsole. The upper provides a good toe guard and solid fabric, but tends to feel stiff.
The women’s version is a very pretty shoe with high-quality construction. I love the tread.
Updates to La Sportiva Akyra
- The Akyra from La Sportiva is a rugged trail running shoe that dominates the trails. It features a 3-layer construction system that secures fitting and breathability.
- It has deep Trail Bite lugs with Impact Brake System that is best for snowy and off trail conditions. This system prevents sliding and slipping.
- It also features a MicroLite Skeleton overlay that aims to provide runners with lateral movement stability.
La Sportiva Akyra size and fit
When it comes to sizing, the La Sportiva Akyra has a standard running shoe length. This shoe is best for runners who love rugged trail running. Available widths are D-medium for men and B-Medium for women.
The La Sportiva Akyra has a FriXion Red rubber outsole that is designed for comfort and durability. It utilizes a versatile sticky rubber compound that is best for rocky and technical terrains.
The Trail Rocker outsole of this shoe promotes natural outer heel to inner toe support for smoother rides on the trails.
Because of the Impact Brake System of the La Sportiva Akyra, runners can confidently handle different trail surfaces. The aggressive lug and Trail Bite heel provides maximum grip as well as better downhill and uphill traction.
The Injection Shock Absorbing MEMlex EVA of the La Sportiva Akyra is stiff and firm. It protects the runner’s foot even after long days of wearing the shoe on varied landscapes. Despite the stiff midsole, it still feels very cushioned.
The La Sportiva Akyra has a thick gusseted tongue. It provides a nice touch for comfort and fitting. The heel collar provides great hold. It is well-padded and protected. It is important in stopping debris from entering into the shoe.
The shoe has an innovative 3-layer upper that is composed of breathable Air Mesh. This keeps the foot well-ventilated and cool. In comparison, the Salomon Speedcross 5, another trail shoe, uses nylon mesh as its upper material.
It has a TPU MicroLite Skeleton overlay that creates a stable, durable, secure-fitting and comfortable upper. The overlays resemble an Origami design. It holds the forefoot and the mid-foot in place under any circumstances.
The toe bumper is burly and long-lasting. It’s created to withstand most debris and obstacles on the trails.
The lacing system is made stretchable to accommodate a more snug and secure fit. It interacts properly with the shoe’s loop eyelets.
The toe box is roomy. This gives the runner’s toes ample space to relax and spread out.